The significance a place has to a particular function, or people. Damm and Rosholm (2005) CReAM Discuss. Paper Series 0605 argue that ‘instead of mandatory dispersal policies of refugees, voluntary spatial dispersal will increase place utility’. When people evaluate places, they don't necessarily look for the one with the highest overall utility (Lin-Yuan and Kosinski (1994) Int. Migr. 32, 1).
Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.